MSP from the space station

It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten a daytime view of ourselves from the International Space Station. That wait ended this afternoon when astronaut Rick Mastracchio posted this image to his Twitter feed of Minneapolis St. Paul in all of its “why would anyone want to live on this planet” glory.

It’s not clear, though, when he took the picture. The space station hasn’t been over Minnesota during the day all week.

  • Josh Ruhnke

    I think see my dog in my backyard. 🙂

  • I wish this was 100x larger!

  • Kevin McCoy

    It looks like the ISS was over the MSP area yesterday (which is when he said he took the photo) afternoon… enter time: 2014-02-18 15:30:45-0600

    • Is that local time or Zulu (GMT)? NASA had them here at 6:42 and 8:19 (pm) yesterday and around 7:45 on Monday (over Minneapolis).

      • Kevin McCoy

        It includes a -0600 offset, so I’m pretty sure that it’s 3:30 pm CST. Since the station orbits about every 90 minutes, it’d make sense that this might be looking 2 orbits before the 6:42 flyover on that site. I’m not sure when the photo was taken, I just wanted to point out that there were some daytime passes. Perhaps you’re looking at a site whose purpose is to find viewing times for the station, so it only displays passes where the ground is in twilight and the station is in sunlight?

  • joetron2030

    Like, +1, and RT. 😀

  • KTFoley

    I love how this version brings the rivers & lakes into high relief. Parks & golf courses, too.